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The Japanese American Internment


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									       The Question
 “Is it ever permissible to intern
American immigrants or American
citizens during a national

Explain your answer.
  The Japanese
American Internment
          Read the quote ~
         What does it parallel?
   “ I remember my mother wrapping a blanket
    around me and my pretending to fall asleep so
    she would be happy, though I was so excited I
    couldn't sleep. I hear there were people
    herded into the Hastings Park like
    cattle. Families were made to move in two
    hours. Abandoned everything, leaving pets and
    possessions at gun point . . . ." — Joy Kogawa
The Japanese American Internment
~Following Japan’s attack of Pearl Harbor in 1941, a
fear of more Japanese attacks caused President Roosevelt
 to sign an order that resulted in the forced internment
and relocation to isolated desert areas of anyone
living in the west coast area that was of Japanese ancestry.

~The confinement of these Japanese-Americans would last
over 2 years.
Executive Order 9066
        President Roosevelt signed
        Executive Order No. 9066 in
        February of 1942.

        Executive Order No. 9066
        empowered the U.S. Army to
        designate areas from which
        "any or all persons may be
“Relocation” Begins
   Those of Japanese ancestry living on
    the West Coast were to be relocated.
   During that time, more than 119,000
    people of Japanese ancestry, two-
    thirds of them American citizens,
    were living in California,
    Washington, and Oregon.
   One third of the population of Hawaii
    was comprised of those of Japanese
    descent, thus many of them were not
    interned, however the islands were
    placed under martial law.
    Racism a Driving Force

“Germans, defend yourselves
against the Jewish atrocity
propaganda, buy
only at German shops!”
           Internment Camp
   Internment refers to the forced
    imprisonment and relocation of a group
    of people.

   How does some thing like this happen?

   It happens when people in power remove
    a minority group from the general
    population and the rest of the society lets
    it happen.
Comparing the Japanese American
Internment Camps to Nazi Concentration
Camps . . . The transport . . .
Internment Camps
Concentration Camps
    Internment Camps Close in 1945
   President Gerald Ford issued Proclamation 4417 in 1976,
    which apologized to Japanese Americans for interment
    during World War II.

   In 1988, Congress implemented the Civil Liberties Act,
    apologizing on behalf of the nation for the "grave injustice"
    done to persons of Japanese ancestry. Congress declared that
    the internments had been "motivated largely by racial
    prejudice, wartime hysteria, and a failure of political
    leadership." President Ronald Reagan would then sign a law
    which authorized $20,000 payments to Japanese Americans
    who had suffered injustices during World War II.

   In 1990 President George Bush sent a letter of apology to all
    Interned Japanese Americans.

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